Collected Short Stories Topics for Discussion

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Discuss "Under the Garden" with its similarities to Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". How do they compare? How do they differ? What did Wilditch learn from Janiff?

Discuss the roles women play in these stories, especially in "The Innocent", "The Blue Film", and "An Appointment With the General". Do the author's female characters exhibit any redeeming qualities?

Discuss the references to indigenous peoples in "A Chance for Mr. Lever", "The Blue Film", "The Church Militant" and "The Other Side of the Border". How has this attitude changed since the mid-twentieth century when these stories were written?

When the author has a character who is a young boy, the age is between seven and eleven years. Why do you think the author considers these to be formative years for children?

Discuss the homosexuality in "May We Borrow Your Husband?" and "Chagrin in Three Parts".

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